(In our new house!)
Last night, the BF and I celebrated our four year dateiversary!
Yep, we met four years ago on a double date/set up/group outing thing. So July 17 isn’t technically the day of our first real date, but we can’t quite remember that date. We do, however, remember meeting on July 17, so we celebrate!
The past week has been crazy – we moved into our new rental house last weekend, but the BF is still working in Hastings (and staying at his place there). I’ve been unpacking our new house every day after work. We were both exhausted and wanted a relaxing night in.
I planned to make shrimp kabobs and grilled veggies until I realized we hadn’t moved our grill from the BF’s old place. I quickly changed my plan and made shrimp stir fry instead. Since I had the veggies I was planning on grilling, it wasn’t a traditional stir fry with broccoli, snap peas, etc. But it was still delicious! I served the stir fry with Uncle Ben’s quick quinoa and brown rice mix.
I used this recipe, but I used red pepper, onion, zucchini and yellow squash. The BF said we need to add it to our regular dinner rotation!
Just a side note: Preparing this shrimp was a big deal! I don’t eat a lot of meat. I never eat beef or pork. I do eat chicken, turkey and fish, but I rarely prepare it myself. I just get grossed out by meat. I went to the fish counter at Hy-Vee and had a good chat with the fish guy. He told me the shrimp had already been deveined (ugh!) and it just needed to be peeled. When I got home, I peeled the shrimp, and it was totally disgusting. They had little legs!!!! I even had to devein one of the shrimp!!! I powered through, and our meal was delicious. I feel like this was a good step for me.
After dinner and a glass of wine, we lounged on the couch. I haven’t moved my TV from my old place yet, so we just chatted. Before heading to bed, we took his dog, Coda, for a walk.
Although it wasn’t a huge celebration, it was a relaxing way to celebrate our relationship.
A little background on the BF and I (since I mention him frequently on this blog)…
Our friends, Betsy and Tony, introduced us. Betsy, Tony, the BF and I went to Murphy’s Wagon Wheel in Hastings for our first meeting. I wore this adorable above-the-knee chambray dress (which I still own). The BF ordered a cobb salad and I had a grilled chicken wrap and steamed veggies. I remember he said he had gone running before meeting up with us. I liked that he was active and ordered something healthy.
He didn’t ask me for my phone number that night, but he found my work email online (I was a reporter for a newspaper) and he emailed me and asked me out on a date!
Our first date was the best first date I’ve ever had. We had such a great connection and attraction.
(Our first trip together to Iowa for Betsy and Tony’s wedding)
We’ve had a long distance relationship since then. He lived in Hastings and I live in Kearney, which are about an hour away from one another. We mostly spent weekends together and saw each other on the occasional weekday. It seems crazy that we did that for four years, but it didn’t seem that bad. We missed each other often, and always wished we could do the day to day stuff together, but our weekends seemed extra special and extra fun because we had gone the whole week without seeing one another.
(Lincoln Half-Marathon, 2013)
And now we’re moving in together! When we get our house unpacked, I’ll share more photos.
(Dancing at my cousin’s wedding in Atlanta earlier this month)
I feel very lucky to have found the BF. We have gone on many crazy adventures together, traveled many places, trained for and run lots of races and laughed so much.
(Trip to Vegas for the BF’s 40th birthday, 2012)
He is incredibly supportive of me and my constant desire to change and improve myself. He thinks I’m funny, even though he is much funnier than me. He makes me laugh constantly. Even though it’s sometimes a battle, he encourages me to push myself harder with running (I ran my best 10K because of him!). He helps me to relax a bit more (I can be a bit Type A about certain things).
(Camping in Colorado, 2013)
I have tried things I may have never tried – road biking, kayaking, camping, etc. We workout together. And we have fun together!
(Kayaking at Ponca State Park, May 2013)
OK, that’s probably enough lovey dovey stuff for today. I’ll get back to workouts and food tomorrow!